The '''University of Iceland''' () is a public university|public research university
, and the country's oldest and largest institution of higher education
. Founded in 1911, it has grown steadily from a small civil servants' school to a modern comprehensive university
, providing instruction for about 14,000 students in twenty-five faculties. Teaching and research is conducted in social sciences
, natural sciences
and teacher education
. It has a campus concentrated around ''Suðurgata'' street in central Reykjavík, with additional facilities located in nearby areas as well as in the countryside.